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Increasing demand to force hotel rates higher in 2019

Travellers can expect a hotel rate rise of up to 5 per cent for some of the key corporate city hubs in Australia and New Zealand in 2019. Accommodation prices in Sydney and Queenstown in the South of NZ are both on the upper end of hotel rate rises...Read more

Single-click bookings around the corner

Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered recommendation engines combined with an increased level of trust in new technologies will see ‘one-click’ booking capability introduced for business travellers in the next two years. “This won’t just be a reality...Read more

Real-time ESTA approvals no longer available

There is new advice on the ESTA website advising that 'real-time' ESTA approvals are no longer available. This means that travellers who arrive at the airport without an ESTA for a flight to the USA will NOT be able to obtain one before they board,...Read more

Cabin baggage becomes a weighty issue for all airlines

While once only common with low cost airlines, the practice of weighing passenger’s carry-on baggage is now being instigated across all Australian domestic airlines from this week. The airline industry has decided that it’s time to take a united...Read more

Womenwise speakers stand up for diversity

An audience of 450 females from around the country converged in Sydney recently for Flight Centre Travel Group’s (FCTG) annual Womenwise conference. Now in its third year, the event demonstrated the company’s commitment to fostering gender diversity...Read more

Welcome to AI-powered business travel

Smarter, easier and efficient. Welcome to the new world of AI-powered business travel. Travel technologies have leapt forward with artificial intelligence (AI) revolutionising the way companies book travel. At the recent Illuminate conference hosted...Read more

Travelling to the UAE with medication

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has always had extremely strict drug laws and maintains a zero tolerance policy for the sale and recreational use of drugs. In October 2018, the UAE government introduced additional requirements for people travelling...Read more

Virgin Australia Introduces New Fare Structure

Virgin Australia (VA) has introduced a new airfare structure with new fare brands across the carrier’s Trans-Tasman and International Short Haul network. The new structure aligns the carrier’s Trans-Tasman and International Short Haul with its Long...Read more

Compassion and care help Jeff to connect with clients

‘Humanising’ travel management with a mix of personality, knowledge, empathy and humour has seen Jeff Pike thrive as a Travel Consultant in the Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) over the past seven years. “Injecting compassion and care into my...Read more
Melissa Elf

Tips from the top with Melissa Elf

This feature is based on an interview with our new General Manager, Melissa Elf, who has a dual role overseeing Flight Centre Travel Group’s academic specialist Campus Travel and FCM Travel Solutions, which manages travel for government and...Read more

Inner city schools are on the rise – literally

Reaching the ‘top of the class’ is taking on a new meaning as inner city schools in Australia go high-rise. Now classrooms are literally on top of each other as schools, such as the Arthur Phillip High School in Sydney, reach 17 storeys high. Cities...Read more

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